Microfinance and Economic Development

Microfinance and Economic Development


The programme will show you how to think about and build a basic financial model from the ground up, starting from a single business unit) – a stand-alone profit-center, like a branch, sales office, or individual franchise,  – that is replicated when you scale. This approach helps ensure that your product or service can be realistically commercialized, and that the business model is built for scalability from the start. This programme is valuable for social enterprises of all shapes and sizes, and at all stages of the start-up cycle. It is applicable to a wide range of people, including aspiring social entrepreneurs, non-profits that want to create market-based projects, investors evaluating a new business venture, as well as corporate entrepreneurs that want to launch ventures aimed at the bottom of the pyramid market.


Learning Mode


Study Level

Certificate Course


7 days

Course Delivery


Start Date

22nd September, 2020


£300 per module




This course teaches students, including those from non-profit organisations, social entrepreneurs, corporate entrepreneurs, and social change leaders, how to use financial modelling and creative approaches to market-based funding to scale the impact of their work. This course will be valuable for organisations of all shapes and sizes, and particularly useful for those in the early stages of development.


This course is designed to introduce the concept, as well as engage students and their tutor in a joint learning experience of this field. Through this course, students will:

Courses Curriculum

Module 1

Financial model and financial modelling

Module 2

Financial modelling best practices and steps for a new social venture

Module 3

Types of financial models and uses of financial modelling

Module 4

Achieving financial sustainability in non-profit organisations

Module 5

Financial modelling techniques and skills

Module 6

Building a basic financial model

Module 7

Financial Investment Model

Module 8

Financial analysis and planning

Module 9

Financial statements – preparations and interpretations

Module 10

Risk management in financial decisions

Module 11

Economic theory and financial management

Module 12

Foundations of accounting and valuation

Module 13

Corporate finance and financial engineering

Module 14

Entrepreneurial finance, financial instruments, and contracts

Module 15

Funding sources

Key Benefit

Teaching Outcomes

After studying this course, students should be able to:

Teaching Methods

The Teaching Methods For This Course Include:

Fees and funding

Level 1


Level 2


Please submit your application at least two weeks prior to the programme start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organisational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. LSSE expects the full commitment of the participant and their organisation because our programmes enhance the leadership capacity of the participant as well as their organisation. While participants are attending a programme, sponsoring organisations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.
This course is accredited and, to be awarded credit, you must satisfactorily complete written components. Successful students will receive credit, awarded by the Board of Studies of London School of Social Enterprise and International Affiliates. The award will take the form of an Advanced Certificate. Exceptional students will be recognised.